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Fair News - Fall 2015

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Message from the Fair Director
Witness the Big Bake at Common Ground
Check Out the EMS Crew at the Common Ground Fair
Welcome Fair Volunteers!
MOFGA Public Policy Teach-In
Keynote and Featured Speakers
Thanks to Fair Donors
Thank You to the Volunteers Who Coordinated the 2015 Fair
Special Thanks to the Fair Steering Committee

April Boucher, Director of the Common Ground Country Fair
Message from the Fair Director

"Why?" That's a great question – a question asked by children countless times a day, and one that often gets expressed in the planning of the Fair. I work with adults who have not lost that curiosity, that desire to understand, think and act consciously. At every step of the way, we are thoughtful, weighing our processes and actions – in particular, how they align with our values, the values of the Fair and ultimately of MOFGA.

Working and living mindfully can take a lot of energy, but at the end of the day you feel good because it's a process and you're not giving up. This really manifests itself at the Fair, where we are surrounded by people who are also trying and living purposely; who have often answered the question "why" not only to others but to themselves. When you see folks working hard, you can't help but want to work hard too, to give, and to give generously. I believe this is how we attract over 2,000 dedicated volunteers. As Pete Seeger said, "Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live."

In light of all the underlying complexities, it's important to take in and appreciate the simple pleasures: great friends, delicious food, beautiful weather and perhaps even sliding down the hill on a piece of recycled cardboard. Realizing that it is all worth it, you are living mindfully. Thank you. You are the future of the Common Ground Country Fair.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!

– April Boucher, Director of the Common Ground Country Fair

Dusty Dowse explains kneading to a fairgoer. Patti Dowse photo
Come Witness the Big Bake at Common Ground!
By Patti Dowse

The Common Kitchen does its best to provide volunteers at the Common Ground Country Fair with the same local, organic food as the fairgoers. To this end, a dedicated group of volunteer bakers, using Maine-built wood-fired ovens, works around the clock to stock the kitchen with 1,000 pounds of bread, made with a large proportion of whole grains. Dusty Dowse of the Maine Grain Alliance, the bread coordinator, arrives to start firing ovens two days before the Fair. The ovens are located next to the kitchen at first, but once the Fair starts, they move to their separate locations: one with Maine Wood Heat (the creator of the ovens) in Energy and Shelter, and one to the Maine Grain Alliance booth in Farm and Homestead. You can see them there, baking away, until mid-day on Saturday. After that the Maine Grain Alliance oven keeps on baking pita bread with locally raised and milled flour, so you can get a free sample if you’ve missed seeing the Big Bake! The mixing, rising and forming of the loaves occurs next to the Common Kitchen, so you may see unbaked loaves commuting between there and the ovens, and baked ones returning to the kitchen, but the pita is done start-to-finish in the Maine Grain Alliance booth.

You Don’t Have to be Sick to Check Out the EMS Crew at the Common Ground Fair!

See Plans for the New EMS/Multipurpose Building. Donations and Pledges Welcome!

Heart attack? Stroke? Sometimes; not usually.

Every year, some 300 to 500 Fairgoers visit the emergency medical services (EMS) tent at the Fair. Usually they seek aids to keep them comfortable at the Fair – aspirin, ibuprofen, Band-Aids or a dollop of sunscreen – rather than life-saving services. The EMS crew does handle very real medical emergencies each year as well.

Meet the EMS crew and its home:

• The EMS tent (check the Fair map) has a general reception and minor treatment area where you may select over-the-counter freebie remedies, seek advice or just rest. It has two private treatment areas for more serious assessment and care.

• An emergency physician (thanks to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) is on duty during Fair hours. The doctor is available for all urgent concerns that might otherwise take Fairgoers away to a treatment facility for care. From a youngster’s earache or fever to suturing a wound … the doctor is in!

• Paramedic and EMT personnel staff the EMS tent, and a paramedic ambulance (thanks to Capitol Ambulance) stands by.

• Radio-equipped teams of EMS volunteers roam the Fair for quick response. A mini-ambulance (provided by Sugarloaf Rescue Vehicles) can bring patients to the EMS tent.

We NEED a REAL EMS building! Please donate or pledge for an EMS/Multipurpose Building. With volunteer doctors and advanced care available, we need a more sterile, controlled and private setting to provide that care. The tent has worked for more basic care, but blowing tent flaps don’t work when a doctor is stitching!

We have raised almost half of over $175,000 needed to construct a modern, green EMS building that will serve as an education facility at other times of the year. Please visit the EMS tent to see what we have planned and how you might help.


Welcome Fair Volunteers!

Thank you to our almost 2,000 volunteers who make this Fair possible. We rely on volunteers to take tickets, sell T-shirts, cook supper and perform countless other tasks to make the Fair a success each year. The Fair couldn't happen without you.

If you're visiting the Fair, take a moment to say thank you to the volunteers giving their time and energy to make this event possible each year. You'll recognize them because they will be sporting their VOLUNTEER T-shirts.

Maybe all their work is inspiring you, and you would like to help this year. It's not too late to sign up!

We need help from early September, throughout the Fair weekend, and continuing after the Fair until cleanup is complete. If you volunteer for a 4-hour shift, you'll receive admission to the Fair, camping privileges, an organic cotton Fair T-shirt and a meal from the Common Kitchen – not to mention our thanks and appreciation!

Sign up for a shift online via our volunteer registration site at If you'd prefer to register by mail, contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's volunteer coordinator, at or 207-568-4142.

If you're already here at the Fair, it's not too late to help! Just visit the Volunteer Check-In Tents, located at the north and south gates, and sign up. Our check-in volunteers will be so glad to help you find a great volunteer shift!


A solar array at Sol Farm, Monroe. English photo
MOFGA Public Policy Teach-In
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m., Spotlight Stage Tent
"Solar for Maine Farms and Homes"

The time is right for a MOFGA teach-in on solar power. MOFGA has long recognized the need to act on climate change and get off the fossil fuel fix. With solar technology prices way down, a number of our farmers and members are discovering the advantages of clean power from the sun. Maine's solar resource is comparable to cities such as Houston and Miami, and far better than international leaders in solar such as Germany. Yet Maine is falling far behind other U.S. regions in solar installations and job creation due to a lack of state policies friendly to solar. Maine's successful solar rebate program expired in 2013. The federal tax credit for solar is set to expire in about a year and a half. States will likely have to develop a sustainable model for the solar industry to grow as the federal credit expires.

Two bills proposed in the Legislature this year – L.D. 1073, sponsored by Senator Tom Saviello and designed to support solar on farms, and a broader L.D. 1263, sponsored by Representative Sara Gideon – were estimated to, in combination, cut the payback period for an agricultural solar project by nearly 60 percent. L.D. 1073 was carried over to next year and faces uncertain prospects as written; L.D. 1263 was rewritten as a resolve to study alternatives to the practice of "net-metering," which allows customers to get a credit on their bill for power they put back into the grid. That bill was among the many vetoed by Governor Paul LePage, for reasons unrelated to its merits.  The Legislature overrode the veto, restoring the study as a way to move forward with progressive solar policy.

This year we gather a MOFGA farmer and a homesteader who enjoy the benefits of solar; a clean energy advocate and a legislative leader working for stronger solar policies in Maine; and a major developer of solar power installations in Maine and New England to discuss the practicalities and policies necessary to harness the power of the sun.

About the Speakers

Joshua Oxley and Rachele Leonard began building a new farm in Monroe nine years ago. They grow certified organic mixed vegetables, which they sell at the Belfast, Northport Bayside and Searsport farmers' markets. Because they were at the end of a long road and the cost of bringing in electric lines would have been high, and because Oxley had previous experience in engineering solar power, they knew they wanted to be off the grid. Their solar panels provide all their electricity for their home, apprentice residence and barn, greenhouse and outside irrigation, and commercial kitchen for processing vegetables. Because of their success, Oxley has started a contracting business, Solar Logix Maine, to help other homeowners and farmers with solar installations. With lower prices for solar technology, it's a "whole different ball game," says Oxley, from when he did his own installation nine years ago.

Perhaps best known as an advocate for sustainable forestry and as the author of the acclaimed critique of industrial forestry, "Beyond the Beauty Strip: Saving What's Left of Our Forests," Mitch Lansky has been off the grid for more than four decades on his homestead in Wytopitlock and has been using photovoltaics since 1982. Solar electricity runs his computer, lights, water pump, washing machine and more. HisOur house is heated by wood and sun. From May to October, he has solar-heated water in his pressurized water system. In the colder months, he heats water with a coil in his wood stove. Lansky is particularly concerned that people focus on using less energy, with more efficient equipment, and better insulation and weatherizing, as well as getting off fossil fuels. He will share his do-it-yourself, lower-cost energy saving discoveries.

Dylan Voorhees, the clean energy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, lives within walking distance of his work with his wife and three daughters. He has been in the thick of many a legislative battle in Augusta, fighting for clean energy, energy conservation and efficiency policies, including negotiations over solar bills this session. Quoted recently in The Portland Phoenix: "It's going to take tough work politically to … have people continue to have affordable access to solar as [the federal tax credit] drops away, but if we don't, what little momentum we've started to gather with solar jobs will drop off the cliff."

Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon of Freeport is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives. She is a past member of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where she worked to lower energy costs, encourage increased energy efficiency and promote clean and renewable energy to capitalize on Maine's natural resources and build a clean-energy economy. She serves on the Legislative Council and was the principal sponsor of L.D. 1263 this session (see above).

Also known to MOFGA members as the original co-founder of The Green Store in Belfast, Bill Behrens co-founded ReVision Energy and has more than 20 years' experience in renewable energy systems design, installation and service. ReVision Energy has installed more than 3,000 solar systems since opening in 2003. Behren's current focus at ReVision is in bringing solar power to New England municipalities and nonprofits. 
Moderator Sharon Tisher is a past president of MOFGA and a member of the MOFGA Public Policy Committee. She teaches environmental law and policy at the University of Maine and is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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  4. David Carkhuff, "Is Renewable Still Doable?" The Portland Phoenix, June 18, 2015, at 16. 


Keynote and Featured Speakers

Friday, September 25


Keynote: William Cullina, Executive Director, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Going Organic at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
11 a.m., The Common

Two years ago, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens decided to convert to organic practices. Many of the staff were skeptical that they could maintain a high standard of care with a limited budget and staff if they went this route, but they thought it was vital to try. Luckily the experiment has been an overwhelming success: The plants are far healthier, pollinators more diverse, visitors happier and costs have remained the same or even decreased. The switch has not been without challenges, however; William Cullina will discuss candidly what has and has not worked since Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens went organic.

Cullina was educated at the University of Connecticut and Hobart and William Smith College in New York. After working as a retail greenhouse manager and then a research aide studying sylvicultural practices and forest ecology, he become the greenhouse manager for the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut and then nursery manager of Niche Gardens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is noted for his 13 years as nursery director and head propagator at the New England Wildflower Society, where he developed the largest native plant nursery in New England.

Now executive director for one of North America's newest and most exciting public gardens, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, Cullina is also a well-known author, lecturer and recognized authority on North American native plants. His books include "Wildflowers, Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines," "Understanding Orchids, Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses" and "Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite." He recently co-authored "Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People's Garden."

Cullina's awards include the Scott Medal for lifetime achievement in horticulture; the 2012 Perennial Plant Association's Award of Merit; the 2013 George Robert White Medal for "advancing horticulture in the broadest sense" and the Award of Excellence for advancing the goals of the National Garden Clubs of America.

Featured Speakers

Marada Cook

Marada Cook grew up on Skylandia Farm in Aroostook County, where she worked along with her family growing vegetables, and learned as her parents, Jim and Kate Cook, started and grew Crown O' Maine Organic Cooperative (COMOC). When Jim died, Marada and her sister, Leah, took over the worker-owned and -operated COMOC, continuing to deliver quality, locally produced goods to local food coops, natural foods stores, farm stores, restaurants and other retail outlets and to buying clubs in Maine.

More recently Leah and Marada, along with their business partner and general manager Chris Hallweaver, have brought Northern Girl, LLC, to the marketplace. "The premise is simple," they say. "Sell the top notch percentage of each of our farmer's crops on the fresh market and process the culls and surplus to feed locavores the rest of the year."

"We hope to keep Maine at the forefront of the local foods movement by rebuilding Maine's lost food processing infrastructure," they say.

Marada will talk about "Creating a Local Food Movement" on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hayloft Speakers Tent. Her Saturday talk, "Local Food Has Moved – What Is the New Address?" will occur in the Railcar Speakers Tent from 1 to 2 p.m.

Caitlin Sargent

The Farm School, located in Athol, Massachusetts, rarely sends speakers to conferences, yet it has been a quiet leader in the farm-based education community since its founding 26 years ago. Its ground-breaking programming consists of three intertwined strands: the Program for Visiting Schools, which provides immersive, multi-day farming experiences for over 2,000 school children each year; the Chicken Coop School, a one-room middle school for local children; and the Learn to Farm Program, a year-long, tuition-based training program for adults. As the assistant farmer at the Learn to Farm Program, from which she graduated two years ago, Caitlin Sargent will offer her personal observations on both the underlying pedagogy and the nuts and bolts reality of the school.

Sargent will speak on "The Role of Meaningful Work and Careful Mentoring in Connecting People to the Land: Reflections from the Farm School" on Friday at noon in the Litchfield Tent.


Saturday, September 26

Common Ground 2015 Poster Signing by the artist, Arika von Edler, at the Country Store at 2 p.m

Keynote: Steven M. Druker,
Executive Director, Alliance for Bio-Integrity, and author of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth"
Why Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unacceptably Risky – and How Their Survival Has Been Chronically and Crucially Dependent on Fraud
11 a.m., The Common

Public interest attorney Steven Druker sued the FDA to force it to divulge its files on genetically engineered (GE) foods. He learned that politics influenced administrators to cover up their own scientists' extensive warnings about the unusual risks of these foods and to lie about facts. They then ushered these products onto the market, violating federal food safety laws.

Druker's book, "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public," was released in March. Jane Goodall calls it "without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years." David Schubert of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies says it is "incisive, insightful, and truly outstanding." Genetics professor Joseph Cummins calls it "a landmark" that should be "required reading" for biology students, and John Ikerd, professor of agricultural economics, says, "No one has documented other cases of irresponsible behavior by government regulators and the scientific establishment nearly as well as Druker documents this one."

Druker will explain why all GE foods entail unavoidable and unacceptable risks, how these risks have been systematically and deceptively downplayed and how those deceptions helped put – and keep – GE foods on the market.

Featured Speakers

Lee Reich

Lee Reich, Ph.D., dove into gardening over 40 years ago, initially with one foot in academia, as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University, and one foot in the field – the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a farmden (more than a garden, less than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult and write a number of books. Besides providing a year ‘round supply of fruits and vegetables, his farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning and food production. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work. His goal is to get more people, whether in backyards or small farms, to grow more food sustainably and organically.

His talks are:
Friday 1-2 p.m. – Luscious Landscaping/Litchfield
Friday 3-4 p.m. – Fruits for Small Gardens/Litchfield
Saturday 10-11 a.m. – My Weedless Garden/Litchfield

Jeff and Melanie Carpenter

Join small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter of Zack Woods Herb Farm as they discuss how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs in their talk, "Introduction to Organic Medicinal Herb Farming."

The Carpenters own and operate Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont, and co-authored "The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer" (Chelsea Green, 2015).

Jeff comes from generations of Vermont farmers. He deepened his love and understanding of plants by apprenticing with renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and co-owning Sage Mountain Herb Products. Since then his work as a farmer, agricultural consultant, educator and researcher has focused on cultivating and marketing medicinal herbs. Jeff also partners with Rosemary Gladstar in hosting the International Herb Symposium.

Melanie grew up at Sage Mountain under the loving tutelage of Gladstar. She started her first business, Sage Mountain Herb Products, there. Over the last 20 years, she has worked as a farmer, mother, community herbalist and educator. She serves on the board of directors of United Plant Savers and helps her family direct the International Herb Symposium and New England Women's Herbal Conference. She believes that some of the most profound teachings and healings come from working on the land with the plants. To that end, Melanie offers classes on the farm to help people explore and deepen their connection to the green nations. 

The Carpenters' talk, "Introduction to Organic Medicinal Herb farming," will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Litchfield Tent.


Sunday, September 27

Keynote: Will Bonsall,
farmer, author, founder and director of the Scatterseed Project, co-founder of the Grassroots Seed Network
Organic and Sustainable? A Deeper Look
11 a.m., The Common

After working as a prospector, draftsman, gravedigger, hobo, musician, logger, artist and copy machine repairman, Will Bonsall became a homesteading farmer. He and his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and their two sons tend Khadighar in Industry, Maine – a unique example of veganic gardening, i.e., maintaining soil fertility sustainably without animal manures. They focus on self-sufficiency, growing a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes using extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive (not raised) beds and ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees). Bonsall has gone far beyond homesteading, however, by founding and directing the Scatterseed Project to help preserve crop plant diversity and more recently by co-founding the Grassroots Seed Network. His first book, "Through the Eyes of a Stranger" (Xlibris 2010), is a futuristic eco-novel. His second, "Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening" (Chelsea Green, 2015), covers his in-depth knowledge of growing food in novel ways – expressed with his irrepressible humor and thoughtful philosophy about ways to help ourselves economically and nutritionally while also helping the environment – our "garden without borders."

Featured Speakers

Frank Giglio

Frank Giglio and his his wife, Camille, own Three Lily Farm in Thorndike, an off-grid homestead where they teach cooking classes at the farm and virtually. Frank also caters throughout Maine and can be seen at the Belfast Farmers' Market, where he provides monthly cooking demos featuring ingredients sold at the market. Frank uses his property to grow and forage for ingredients to help fuel his passions for food preservation and fermentation.

A classically trained chef, Frank left the restaurant industry in 2003 as a way to help regain his health and to create a deeper connection to nature and food. He was the featured chef of Dr. Alejandro Junger's "Clean Eats" cookbook, which made The New York Times Best Seller list in the spring of 2014.

On travels abroad, Frank met Ireland's leading authority in seaweed, and there he was inspired to make sea vegetables a valuable part of his diet. From everyday seasoning salts to adding various seaweeds to stocks and broths, Frank sees great value in adding both cultivated and wild-foraged sea vegetables to one's diet. He will demonstrate cooking with Maine sea vegetables in the Country Kitchen Demonstration Area from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Nancy Perry

Nancy Perry began as the food resource coordinator with the Good Shepherd Food Bank more than six years ago, soliciting food donations from local grocery manufacturers. In 2010 she began developing reliable channels with local farmers, fisheries and dairy producers to help feed Maine's hungry. In 2011 she became project director for Mainers Feeding Mainers – a partnership between Good Shepherd and Maine farms, dairies, fisheries and other local food producers to eliminate hunger in Maine. The partnership opens local food channels and develops strategies to safely and efficiently distribute nutritious food to hundreds of hunger relief programs serving all Maine counties. In the program's first full year (2010), it acquired and distributed over 175 tons of nutritious, locally produced food, and in 2014, more than 1,000 tons. In her talk, "Hunger in Maine and Growing for Food Banks" (2-3 p.m. in the Litchfield Tent), Perry will tell how Mainers Feeding Mainers works and its value for farm partners and for those who receive fresh produce from local pantries.


Thanks to Fair Donors

The Fair would not be possible without the tremendous work of more than 2,000 volunteers, and feeding all those volunteers would not be possible without the generous contributions to the Common Kitchen from Maine farmers, food vendors and food businesses. We list the Common Kitchen donors in the winter issue of The MOF&G, and during the Fair we recognize these donors on the Common Kitchen donor wall adjacent to the solar array. Many Fair vendors also donate products to our volunteer raffle. To all the businesses that support our volunteers, we thank you!

We also benefit from the generosity of many businesses and organizations that contribute their services to help produce the Fair. We are particularly grateful for the support of the following members of the medical community for our emergency medical services (EMS) at the Fair. Capital Ambulance provides paramedic-level ambulance service all three days of the Fair. Eastern Maine Medical Center provides board certified emergency medicine physicians and their equipment and supplies at the EMS station. Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Vehicles provides cots and a mini-ambulance, which enables us to provide EMS care and transport on the busy fairgrounds. And Waldo County Communications Center provides dispatching services for the Fair EMS. Along with the EMS volunteers, their support enables us to offer a high level of EMS service at the Fair.


Thank You to the Volunteers Who Coordinated the 2015 Fair

Nearly every facet of the Fair is envisioned, designed, implemented and managed by volunteers. Working in small teams or as individuals, the Fair's area coordinators comprise the Planning Team – the individuals who bring Common Ground to life. With gratitude we thank these industrious and generous leaders.

5K Foot Race – Michael Bunker, Lindsay Spigel
Agricultural Demonstrations – Michial Russell
Agricultural Products – Ernie Glabau, Betsey Ann Golon
Agricultural Products Speakers – John Bunker Jr.
Antique Tractors – Glenn DeWitt
Auto Gate – Bethany Oprie, Robin Peskoe
Bean Hole Beans – Elliot Scott
Bee Dance – Beedy Parker
Bicycle Parking – Jim Bowers, Fred Robie
Blacksmith – John Phelan
Bread Baking – Dusty Dowse
Camping – Michelle DeLucia, Wesley Daniel, Chris Fabian, David Murray, Steve Plumb, Pat Saunders, Alex Strugatskiy
Children's Area – Larry Averill, Laurie Christensen, Dawn Nguyen, Cara Oleksyk, Janelle Portmann, Mary Ann Portmann, Penny Tozier, Mary Vermette-Grahar
Children's Garden Parade – Lelania Avila, Daaby Tingle, Celeste Mittelhauser
Common Kitchen – Donna Derenthal, Joel Glatz, Patti Hamilton, Tim Johnson, Rob Jones, Tom Kemp, Laurie Lundgren, Ali Palm, Jeremy Peskoe, Devon Salisbury
Common Thrones – Nancy Rosalie
Communications, Traffic and Parking Control – Bryan McLellan, Tristan Plumb, Matthew Strong
Composting and Recycling – Lisa Bjerke, Chris Childs, Karen Childs, Lisa Willey Critchfield, Ansel Critchfield, Maya Critchfield, Mark Dittrick
Contradances – John McIntire, Doug Protsik
Country Kitchen – Shannon Rioux, Meghan Flint, Rhonda Welcome, Terran Welcome
Country Store – Lisa LeBel
Crafts Area – Sue Collins, Marie Reimensnyder, Tim Reimensnyder, Lynn Plumb
Donkeys and Mules – Claire Wallace
Draft Horse Demonstrations – Donald Nickerson, Pheonix Obrien, Don Webb
Draft Horse Show – Bill Winslow, Darcy Winslow
Electricity – Tom Devries, Paul Murray, Jim Peary
EMS – Marilyn Luce, Kalem Malcolm, Kevin McGinnis, Cheri Volta
Energy and Shelter – John Belding Jr., Ashley Richards
Entertainment – Mark Horn, Chris Lannon, Alfred Lund, Eliza Quill, Pam Weeks, Fred White
Environmental Concerns – Darren Dillion
Exhibition Hall – Matthew Dubois, Martha Gottlieb, Valerie Jackson, Amy LeBlanc, Claudette Nadeau, Janet Winslow
Fair Office – Meredith Batley
Farm and Homestead – Becka Gagne, Emily Lowell, Elizabeth Siegel
Farmers' Markets – John Belding, Mary Belding, Adrienne Lee
Fiber Marketplace – Michele Bye
Fiddlers' Showcase – John McIntire
Fleece Tent – Penelope Olson
Folk Arts – Anu Dudley
Food Judging – Patti Hamilton
Hand Wash Stations – Svea Tullberg
Harry S. Truman Manure Pitch – Soren Donisvitch, Timothy Pollin, Colin Richardson
Health and Healing – Mary Chamberlin, Cathy Chamberlin
Hearing Impaired Interpreters – Stacey Bsullak
Herb Tent – Carol Gardener
Information Booth – Rebecca Brockway, Sue Buck, David Hilton, Molly Lebel, Emily Murray, Philip Norris
Livestock – Cathy Reynolds
Livestock Gate – Barbara Luce
Low-Impact Forestry – Eli Berry, Sam Brown, Peter Hagerty, Brad Johnson, Tim Libby, John Plowden
Maine Fiber Farms – Michelle DeLucia
Maine Indian Basketmakers – Shawna Degan, Amy Grant, Jennifer Neptune, Gretchen Faulkner
Maine Marketplace – Jeff Cotton, Patti Dowse, Cynthia Ryalls-Clephane
MOFGA Membership Booth – Bri Beecher, Joan Federman
MOFGA Gardens – Jack Kertesz, Nancy Rosalie
Oxen – Wesley Daniel, Joanna Kenefick, Steve Norton
Parking – Jeremy Colson, Bob Critchfield, Steven Hall, Gregory Hodge, John Krueger, Karina Shorten, Doug Van Horn, Paul Volckhausen
Plumbing – Bob Weyer
Poster Street Team – Jenny Nelson
Poultry – Gayle McKiege
Public Policy Teach-In – Sharon Tisher
Rabbit Exhibit – Perley Emery, Mary Merriam
Round Pen – Peter Hagerty
Safety – Margie Black, John Greimel, Jeff Jarrett, Barry Magda, Steve Montague, David Murray, Karina Shorten, Jonboy St. Peter, Julie Trudel, Leo Trudel
School Bus Parking – Spencer Aitel
School Gate – Lucas Rumler
Show Ring – Tracey Wilkerson
Sign Distribution – Kreg McCune, Sarah Tewhey
Signs – Kim Benham, Thia Embers
Site – Rob Curry, Eva Murray
Site Lighting – Tristan Plumb
Small Sound Systems – Stuart Reynolds
Social and Political Action – Gary Lawless, Beth Leonard, Joe Auciello
South Parking Signs – Bartlett Stoodley, Judith Stoodley
Stoneworkers – Dick Alden, Douglas Coffin, Jamie Metcalf
Tent Lighting – Parker Weyer
Ticket Gates – Chris Gardei, Skipp Green, Ted Hale, Gregory Moore, Eric Rector, Jean Scott, Margie Shannon
Traffic – William Nichols
Utilities – Scott Giroux
Volunteer Check-In Tent – David Bradford, Jeffry Chase, Eileen Fair, David Ker, Mary Larlee, Nate Larlee, Maria Phipps, Rich Raymond, Kim Sellers, Christie Sweeney
Volunteer Raffle – Madeline Weyer, Mary Weyer
Waste Water Systems – David Studer
Wednesday Spinners – Jani Estell, Penelope Olson, Cynthia Thayer
Whole Life Tent – Tim Dougherty, Tricia Dougherty, Ed Wilkins
Young Maine – Lee Cataldo
Youth Enterprise Zone – Jeff Cotton, Sari Lindauer, Rose Whitehead


Special Thanks to the Fair Steering Committee

The Common Ground Country Fair is an extraordinary production of volunteer initiative and leadership. Guiding this endeavor is the Fair Steering Committee, an inspiring group of dedicated people who meet monthly – in winter when it snows, in spring when gardens demand attention, in summer when lazy days whisper distraction – and look at the big picture for the Fair and MOFGA, balancing many influences to keep the Fair true to its mission. This dedicated group deserves special acknowledgment. A humble thank-you from the Fair director and MOFGA staff for your thoughtful and tireless contributions:

John Belding, Mary Belding, Eli Berry, Sam Brown, Jeff Cotton, Dusty Dowse, Patti Dowse, Anu Dudley, Rob Jones, Bryan McLellan, Richard Morgan, Penelope Olson, Nancy Rosalie, Michial Russell, Lindsay Spigel, Rose Whitehead and Bill Whitman.